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Do You Have A Resume?

You may have been asked this question from a recruiter, a prospective employer, or seen a classified ad that caught your eye. But are you ready to respond with a recent, well- written resume?

As a recruiter I have reviewed thousands of resumes and have written hundreds for candidates conducting a career search. Following, I’ll share some pointers and pitfalls in resume writing.

I have found that the computer age has made writing / editing resumes much easier. MS Word with its resume wizard will help you set up a general outline of employers, job titles, dates and most important of all – bullets!

Put your resume on one page in an Arial font using an 11-point font; however switch to a 10-point if it means keeping it to one page. Since the MS Word resume wizard defaults to a 7-point font for the Address header, simply bump it up to 9.

Writing a resume is about including the right details, while getting rid of the details that the reader does not need. The purpose has always been the same - to motivate the reader to pick up the phone and call you or for the employer in the personal interview to use for questions.

Reduce Clutter
Don’t make the initial phone contact harder than it needs to. If you go by “Bill Freelander,” then use it instead of William Jason Freelander. If you go by your middle name then simply put “W. Jason Freelander.

Omitting the “Objective” is smart. Many are too general and simply waste space, but a very specific objective may keep you from being considered for certain intriguing positions. Another unnecessary section is the “List of Qualifications”. It is better to demonstrate those within the specific accomplishments achieved with individual employers.

Abbreviate states, do not include the street address for your employers, eliminate the word “email” from your address, and use 2/03 instead of February 2003. This type of editing will give your sheet of paper much needed ‘white space,” and allow the reader to focus on the critical points.

Paint the Picture
Since anyone in our industry can relate to your laundry experience, use detail describing plant facilities you have been involved with, especially regarding the volume, mix, equipment, number of employees, etc. If possible describe the size of your employers, either in annual revenues, or by number of plants company wide
Well, what did you do well?
The biggest mistake job seekers make with their resume is simply writing job description text for each place they worked. It is a waste of space, plus most interviewers in our industry can guess through most job titles. Highlight your strengths by developing strong results – driven position summaries. For instance, a general manager might write:

Directed the planning, staffing, budgeting and operations of a 15 MM lbs healthcare laundry plant for this 25-plant company. Managed a workforce of 120 though six supervisors. Controlled a $ 7.2 MM annual operating budget.

You can format the position summary under the job title or list each sentence in a separate bullet.

Even more critical in resume writing is listing your accomplishments in a bullet format. The key to this lies in the way you have managed your career. Every year you should have initiated or taken part in some highlight within your job activity. These are the highlights that can reinforce a positive performance review and, if necessary bolster a resume.

Your most recent three employers should have a list of 2 or 3 specific accomplishments in a bullet format. Remember, generalizations are not impressive; a resume must include specifics – numbers, percentages, details – that communicate how well you performed in the workplace. Incorporate a positive spin if you need to, just make sure it will be supported by your references.

When you are done, let two or three other people review it for typos, terminology, wording and tone. Spell Check will not catch manger (manager) or form (from).

Purchase some quality resume paper at your local office supply store and you are ready to go.

Craig Lloyd represents, a management search firm specializing in the industrial / institutional laundry industry.  He holds a degree in Industrial Relations from Rider University and has been a Certified Personnel Consultant since 1979.

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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.

“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”

“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”

Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.

“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”